Brighton and Hove Albion can approach Liverpool with renewed confidence after securing a well-deserved home win against Tottenham on Sunday.
Fighting for relegation, Brighton has started to pull away from the bottom three, now unbeaten in three after 1-0 wins over Leeds United and Spurs and a goalless draw against Fulham.
The performance against Tottenham was particularly encouraging, but boss Graham Potter noted the importance of matching the screen with three points.
“We were at a stage where we were fed up with talking about performances instead of points, so it was important to get the result,” he said.
“It’s good to get the result, and the performance was worth it, so it builds confidence and faith in the group before a tough game.”
Liverpool will put a clean sheet streak to the test, which has discovered its scoring form with six goals in two league games.
“They are a fantastic team,” Potter said. “We respect that and we will go there wanting to do our best.”
Mohamed Salah was at the forefront of Liverpool’s 3-1 victory at West Ham, prompting praise from manager Jurgen Klopp.
“He played a great game,” Klopp said. “He was really in the game, he was really invested, he was flexible and all these kinds of things.
“He kept the ball, the pass was good; in the end, with control of the game, he was very good.”
He added: “The second goal, what a counterattack, two passes until Mo got the ball.
“The last pass was obviously spectacular from Shaq, the first touch from Mo outstanding, outstanding, world class and then a good ending. Better game, better goals.”
PLAYERS TO SEE
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah
Salah scored an impressive double against West Ham on Sunday and will enjoy the opportunity to face Brighton again. He has been involved in nine goals (five goals, four assists) in seven Premier League games against the Seagulls, averaging every 63 minutes.
Brighton and Hove Albion – Pascal Gross
Gross also played a key role in Sunday’s victory, creating the winner against Tottenham. That was his 18th assist in the Premier League, at least 10 more than any other Brighton player. Mesut Ozil (54), Leroy Sane (28) and Dietmar Hamann (22) are the only Germans who have exceeded that figure.
OPTA KEY FACTS
– Liverpool are unbeaten in 12 meetings with Brighton in all competitions (W10 D2) since a 2-0 FA Cup defeat in January 1984.
– Brighton have lost eight of their last nine away league matches against Liverpool, winning the other 1-0 in March 1982.
– Brighton have lost all seven away league games to the top flight champions, scoring just two and conceding 19 goals in those games.
– Liverpool’s 68-game undefeated home run in the Premier League ended at the hands of Burnley last time out. The Reds have not lost consecutive league games at home since September 2012 (against Arsenal and Manchester United).
– Liverpool have not stopped scoring in three consecutive home league games since October 1984 with Joe Fagan. The only reigning Premier League champions to not score in three straight home league games were United in their last three home games from 2001-02.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.